Guest blog by H.E. Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and first Honorary President of the ECFA
I am delighted to introduce the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs, a new think-tank focussed on the discussion of Central Asian affairs at the very heart of the European Union, of which I am honoured to have been invited to be the first Honorary President.
The Council – modelled on Chatham House, the European Council on Foreign Relations and its distinguished US counterpart, the Council on Foreign Relations – aims to promote discussion and debate about the richly diverse culture of Central Asia (and my country, Kazakhstan) to the institutions and policymakers of the European Union through a number of informative publications and lively events.
A distinguished panel of individuals for the Advisory Council of the ECFA is currently being assembled and further exciting announcements will follow. In the meantime, I encourage you to browse the multilingual website and its wide range of papers and publications on current issues in Central Asia, and subscribe to its electronic mailing list.
I wish the Council Director all the best as he sets about commissioning and publishing what I hope will, over time, become a valuable and independent resource of high-quality research, publications and bulletins that will inform Europe about this exciting and fast-changing region.
Kazakhstan is a country on the move, and Central Asia now plays an undeniably central role in world affairs – as such, the initiative to launch the ECFA is not before time, and I wish it every success in the years to come.
Minister Idrissov’s personal blog can be found here.